The Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau’s Convention and Sales Department is ramping up their efforts to sell Shreveport and Bossier City as a military reunion destination.
Recently, David Bradley, vice president of sales and services for the Tourist Bureau, Kevin Flowers, convention sales manager for the Tourist Bureau, and Gina dePingre’, sales and services coordinator for the Tourist Bureau, hosted eight military reunion planners for a familiarization tour, Oct. 11-13.
The group included reunion planners for military squadrons and veteran organizations including the USS Mullany (DD-528), United States Air Force Security Service, HHC 336th ORD BN VN Annual Reunion, NSA DaNang Veterans Association, ASR-ARS Association, Marine Corps League, and Team RWB.
“We were honored to welcome our United States military veterans to our community,” said Kevin Flowers, convention sales manager for the Tourist Bureau. “Shreveport-Bossier is a great destination to host reunions because of its affordable amenities, rich military history and riverfront nightlife that groups enjoy.”
During the familiarization tour, the group learned about Shreveport-Bossier’s reunion assets and explored attractions and meeting venues. The tour showcased several attractions including Barksdale Global Power Museum, Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, R. W. Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport Aquarium, Spirit of the Red River Cruise, Ralph and Kacoo’s, and Margaritaville Resort Casino.
Transportation for the tour was provided by Kiltabar Transport, a new local transportation company that offers service via a refurbished 1995 Bluebird “All-American” Bus.
In addition, the group was welcomed to the sister cities on Friday, Oct. 11 during an opening reception at the Krewe of Gemini Mardi Gras Museum that was coordinated by the Captain of Captains, Traci Herrin. Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker, who is an Air Force veteran, and Stacy Brown, president of the Tourist Bureau, addressed the reunion planners and welcomed them to Shreveport-Bossier.